How Long Does Mohs Surgery Take?
On average, the Mohs surgery procedure is completed in 2-4 hours. The majority of the time, patients are waiting for the tissue to be processed and analyzed. During this time, patients can relax comfortably in the waiting room where refreshments are served. We have a more private internal lounge area in the Manhattan office with a television. Patients are welcome to bring snacks, books to read, work to do, watch TV/movies or use the office wifi. We recommend that patients eat breakfast before the procedure.
Will Mohs Surgery Leave A Scar?
Yes. Although Mohs surgery preserves as much healthy skin as possible, Mohs surgery will leave a scar as will any surgical procedure used to remove skin cancer. Once the Mohs surgeon has completely removed your skin cancer, the goal is to reconstruct the wound for an optimal functional and cosmetic result. A post surgical scar will improve with time and can take up to 1 year or more to fully mature. Injections and laser treatments can be performed to address abnormal scarring, such as hypertrophic scars or keloids, or if there are problems with the healing of your scar.
How Do I Choose A Mohs Surgeon?
Dr. Saini underwent an extensive one year fellowship following residency through the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) in which she received extensive training and hands-on experience in the technique by highly qualified surgeons. Dr. Perry Robins, her fellowship director, learned the technique directly from Dr. Frederic Mohs and has been credited with being the first Mohs sugeon to offer one-year fellowships more than forty years ago and founding the ACMS. While there are other organizations that offer training for Mohs surgery, the American College of Mohs Surgery is the only one requiring one complete year of training to achieve membership. Dr. Saini is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery.